Suzuki Australia has introduced a new flagship version of its cheapest vehicle that foreshadows a rollout of personalised blacked-out variants across the brand’s wider range.

    The Suzuki Ignis Shadow is technically the second model to receive the blacked-out Shadow treatment, following the Baleno Shadow special edition designed to send off the popular light hatchback in Australia.

    Unlike the Baleno Shadow, the Ignis Shadow is a permanent model. Customer deliveries are commencing imminently.

    Suzuki Australia general manager Michael Pachota said the Ignis Shadow is the first in the line of a wider range of permanent Shadow models. A Swift Shadow and Vitara Shadow will follow at a later date.

    The Ignis Shadow is based on the top-of-the-range GLX variant and adds a black roof spoiler, black side decals, and a Shadow badge. These features are all added locally.

    The blacked-out Ignis Shadow is priced from $27,990 drive-away, which is $1500 more expensive than the GLX.

    Power still comes from a 1.2-litre naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine producing 66kW of power and 120Nm of torque. This is sent to the front wheels exclusively through a continuously-variable transmission (CVT).

    The Ignis Shadow is available with every exterior paint colour option besides Super Black Pearl. Every colour besides Pure White Pearl costs an additional $595.

    This second-generation Ignis first made it to Australian shores in late 2016 and received a mid-life update in 2020.

    The ‘Series II’ update was centred around cosmetic changes to the Ignis and didn’t bring any additional safety kit, nor did it bring the mild-hybrid powertrains offered in Europe.

    Looking older now among its rivals, the Ignis doesn’t offer autonomous emergency braking (AEB) on any of the variants. Its now-defunct Suzuki Baleno sibling was the same.

    As previously reported, Suzuki revealed the Baleno-based Fronx small SUV which is confirmed to be coming to Australia. It’s understood to be launching in early 2024.

    Measuring in at 3995mm long, the Fronx slots between the Ignis and Vitara, and will compete against the likes of the Hyundai Venue, Kia Stonic, Toyota Yaris Cross.

    Pricing for the 2023 Suzuki Ignis range is as follows:

    • 2023 Suzuki Ignis GL manual: $23,490
    • 2023 Suzuki Ignis GL automatic: $24,490
    • 2023 Suzuki Ignis GLX: $26,490
    • 2023 Suzuki Ignis Shadow: $27,990

    All prices are drive-away.

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    Jack Quick

    Jack Quick is an automotive journalist based in Melbourne. Jack studied journalism and photography at Deakin University in Burwood, and previously represented the university in dance nationally. In his spare time, he loves to pump Charli XCX and play a bit of Grand Theft Auto. He’s also the proud owner of a blue, manual 2020 Suzuki Jimny.

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